Behind The Music - Season 2

Sunday 9:00 PM on VH1 Premiered Aug 17, 1997 In Season




Episode Guide

  • Natalie Cole
    Natalie Cole
    Episode 39
    The R&B/soul/adult contemporary singer and daughter of Nat "King" Cole battles drugs and alcohol for over a decade before finally getting clean and making a comeback in the late '80s.
  • Quiet Riot
    Quiet Riot
    Episode 38
    The '80s heavy metal band that had a hit with "Cum on Feel the Noize."
  • Poison
    Episode 37
    The pop-metal band and MTV staple of the late '80s and early '90s, known for its outrageous hair and make-up, as well as for songs like "Talk Dirty to Me" and "Every Rose Has Its Thorn."
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic
    "Weird Al" Yankovic
    Episode 36
    The popular music parodist.
  • Lenny Kravitz
    Lenny Kravitz
    Episode 35
    Retro-rock singer/songwriter/guitarist who first became known for his relationship with actress Lisa Bonet before hitting the charts.
  • Donna Summer
    Donna Summer
    Episode 34
    The "Queen of Disco," who latched together an impressive string of hits in the late 1970s, including "Last Dance" and "Hot Stuff."
  • Eric Burdon & the Animals
    The 1960s English rock band whose best-known hit was "House of the Rising Sun."
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
    The alternative rock/funk group that lost one member to a heroin overdose and saw several others battle addictions to the drug.
  • Marianne Faithfull
    Marianne Faithfull
    Episode 31
    The smoky-voiced rock singer known best for her romance with Mick Jagger.
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    The rock singer/songwriter/guitarist and his backing band, who became a radio staple throughout the late '70s and 1980s with hits like "Breakdown" and "Refugee".
  • Black Crowes
    Black Crowes
    Episode 29
    Here we look at the Southern rock band, featuring two feuding brothers, that found success throughout the 1990s.
  • Alice Cooper
    Alice Cooper
    Episode 28
    Here is the story of the shock-rocker who rose to fame in the 1970s and built an audience through his wild on-stage behavior and theatrics.
  • Julian Lennon
    Julian Lennon
    Episode 27
    This is the story of John Lennon's eldest son, who experienced some chart success in the mid 1980s.
  • TLC
    Episode 26
    This is a look at multi-platinum-selling R&B/hip hop group, which endured personal and medical crises and stunned all by filing for bankruptcy.
  • Cher
    Episode 25
    Here is Cher, the iconic recording artist turned Oscar-winning actress who dominated the attention of the press for decades through her fashion choices and romances, as well as her work.
  • Duran Duran
    Duran Duran
    Episode 24
    This is a profile of the successful British pop-rock band of the '80s and '90s, known for hits such as "Rio" and "Ordinary World."
  • Vanilla Ice
    Vanilla Ice
    Episode 23
    Here is Vanilla Ice, the white rapper who recorded the smash hit "Ice Ice Baby," but later was confronted with questions about his credibility and ego.
  • Iggy Pop
    Iggy Pop
    Episode 22
    Here is the punk singer and leader of the Stooges, who engaged in well-chronicled wild exploits both on and off stage before later cleaning up his act.
  • Grand Funk Railroad
    Grand Funk Railroad
    Episode 21
    Here is Grand Funk, the garage band from Flint, Michigan, who become one of the biggest live acts in the early '70's, are the first to have ten consecutive platinum albums, then lose a ridiculous lawsuit in which singer-turned-manager Terry Knight wins all the publishing rights. Undeterred, they go on to have even greater success, including the #1 hit We're An American Band. This all happened over 20 years ago, but here they are, reunited, sounding as good as ever, and back playing their loud party rock to sold-out houses everywhere.moreless
  • Depeche Mode
    Depeche Mode
    Episode 20
    This is Depeche Mode, the alternative rock group, whose singer Dave Gahan battled depression for years and survived several suicide attempts. The band was almost torn apart, before he went to a drug rehab and cleaned himself up in 1996. As we see and hear from present and former members, several of whom have their own anxieties to deal with, the group is set to release a new album and kick off a world tour.moreless
  • The Day the Music Died
    This unusual episode gives us a recount of the events of the day that a plane crash took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper, three of the most influential musicians of the 1950's. We hear from the victims' families, friends, and people involved with the incidents surrounding that fateful day, 40 years ago.moreless
  • Heart
    Episode 18
    This is a profile of Heart, the highly successful Seattle hard rock band formed by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson in the early 1970s. Despite personnel changes, stylistic changes, romantic dramas, and quitting their record label when some of the publicity photos led to accusations in the press of an incestuous sexual relationship, they remain together as a duo. Later in the '80's, Heart reemerge as a power-ballad video corporation. Compromising with the industry to hide Anne's weight gain, (some videos show only her beautiful eyes), they sell more records than ever. But that phases out, and the respect they have for themselves and their music make this a success story. With some great home movies we are able to ride along from when they were very young to the present, and the chemistry has never waivered.moreless
  • Leif Garrett
    Leif Garrett
    Episode 17
    This is the story of the teen heartthrob who fell victim to drugs and alcohol, while struggling to cope with decreasing fame and the failed attempt to move on from teen idol status.
  • Bette Midler
    Bette Midler
    Episode 16
    You may be surprised at some of the history behind Bette Midler, the bawdy singer/actress/comedienne. She got her start in bath houses in the 1970's, doing a stint on Broadway in Fiddler On The Roof, evolving into an Andrews Sisters throwback, and starring as a Janis Joplin type singer in The Rose. She went on to endure the loss of her sister in a car accident, her mother to cancer, and several friends to AIDS. She discusses dealing with these setbacks, and rebounding with her singing and acting, becoming a platinum-selling mellow adult contemporary artist. On hand to lend their views are Toni Basil, Barry Manilow, Jann Wenner, and Ahmet Ertegun.moreless
  • David Cassidy
    David Cassidy
    Episode 15
    The 1970's teen idol and star of the sitcom The Partridge Family, David Cassidy talks about the all-too-familiar story of mass teen success. The meteoric rise to fame, the perils of being a pop idol, the struggle to be taken seriously as an artist, the inevitable fall from grace when the next new idol comes along, his maturing and acceptance of his role, and in this case, his reemergence as a musical talent. David discusses his latest album, which we sample, and talks about his excitement about starring in Las Vegas' #1 show, 'EFX'.moreless
  • Motley Crüe
    Motley Crüe
    Episode 14
    If ever a band was made for this show, it must be Motley Crüe, the hard rock band whose lifestyle, based entirely around drugs and groupies, become symbolic of the decadence of the 1980s heavy metal scene. Now, supposedly all clean and sober, each member discusses the individual prices paid for all the excess. Vince Neil talks about the loss of his daughter, then 4. Nikki Sixx tell us about his out-of-body experience after an overdose, and Tommy Lee tells all about his relationships with Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson, including, of course, the famous adult videotape they filmed. We also hear from other rock luminaries, such as Ozzy Osbourne, and Hustler publisher/friend Larry Flynt.moreless
  • R.E.M.
    Episode 13
    Here we witness the rise of R.E.M., the Athens, Georgia-based alternative rock band, which developed a large cult following throughout the 1980s before briefly crossing over to the pop charts in the late '80s and early '90s. Their uncompromising introspective style has made them legends to their fans and their hometown. We hear how they rallied to support drummer Bill Berry when he suffered a brain aneurism while onstage, and had to quit the band in 1997, and how the deaths of River Phoenix and Curt Cobain deeply affected singer Michael Stipe, who also talks frankly about his own sexuality.moreless
  • KC and the Sunshine Band
    Here we have the highly successful dance band, known for hits such as "(Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty" and "(That's the Way) I Like It". After tearing up the charts in 1975, with it's disco rhythms, pop melodies, and multi-cultural members, led by charismatic Harry (K.C.) Casey, they went on to sell 75 million albums, but were torn apart by jealousies and personal tragedies. K.C. disappeared into a drugged out isolation for a decade - sound familiar? - which he attributes to the death of his father, and finally emerges to rekindle the early spirit. We also hear from collaborator Rick Finch, who K.C. acrimoniously split from, and from other friends and family.moreless
  • Rick Springfield
    Rick Springfield
    Episode 11
    Stardom seemed to elude popular Aussie rock singer/actor, who was propelled to fame by a stint on a General Hospital. Despite rivalling David Cassidy as a teen idol, (he even had his own cartoon series), his music career just never quite took off, and Rick was in personal despair for most of the '70's. Incredibly, he got another chance in early '80's, and with hits like 'Jesse's Girl', he became a teen idol all over again. But despite 4 platinum albums and worldwide recognition, chronic depression stayed with him. "Be careful what you wish for, because it was not what I thought at all", laments Rick. We hear from his mother and former girlfriend Linda Blair, and Rick describes how he had to cancel a tour in 1989 following a four wheeler accident, then abandoned his career for a decade, before finally addressing his illness.moreless
  • Lionel Richie
    Lionel Richie
    Episode 10
    Lionel Richie, the mellow R&B singer/songwriter, discusses his childhood in Tuskeegee, Alabama, joining his college band, The Commodores, then moving to New York City. As they gained success, Lionel's voice made it apparent he was heading for a solo career. After the split his star continued to rise, his lush ballads spawning hit after hit, until the death of his father, a tabloid scandal, and the public breakup of his marriage drove him into depression. We hear him describe how he lost the ability to sing, and disppeared from the scene for five years. Now remarried, with a son, he talks about how he 'found his heart again', while we also hear from Halle Berry, Kenny Rogers, Dick Clark, and others about the power of his music.moreless
  • Behind the Music Eve
    Behind the Music Eve tracks the rocky rise to fame of one of rap's most successful female artists. A journey plagued by bouts of depression, excessive drinking, a stint at a strip club, and painful reminders of her past.
  • Metallica
    Episode 9
    The hard rock band, which built a large following in the 1980s before finding more mainstream success in the '90s, endures inter-band squabbles, alcoholism, and the tragic death of bassist Cliff Burton in a tour bus accident. We also hear firsthand about the pyrotechnic stage accident that left frontman James Hetfield with second and third-degree burns.moreless
  • Stevie Nicks
    Stevie Nicks
    Episode 7
    This is the story of Stevie Nicks, the eccentric rock singer who estblished herself as a successful solo artist, while still a member of Fleetwood Mac. After a bout with cocaine abuse, then her addiction to tranquilizers, she turned it around by channeling her pain into her songwriting. The witchy woman also discusses her struggles with weight, and her painful breakup with Lindsey Buckingham, with whom she maintains an intimate working relationship.moreless
  • Shania Twain
    Shania Twain
    Episode 6
    Here is the story of Shania Twain, the pop-country superstar who overcame a tragic childhood to find multi-platinum success in the '90s. Growing up extremely poor on the Mattagami Indian reservation in Canada, losing her parents at 21 in a head-on collision, thus being forced to raise her younger siblings, she is singing in a Vegas-style revue in Ontario, (we see some great footage of this). We hear from the Nashville attorney who discovers her and signs her to Mercury. Although her first album is a flop, she catches the eyes and ears of legendary rock producer Mutt Lange. In a rare TV appearance, he describes meeting her, falling in love, and guiding her to stardom.moreless
  • Blondie
    Episode 5
    Blondie is the new wave band, fronted by Deborah Harry, that rose to success on the pop charts in the late '70s and early '80s behind such songs as "Call Me" and "One Way Or Another". After initial success in Europe and Australia, their third album 'Parallel Lines' broke the band in a big way. But as the attention became more and more focused on Harry, tensions within the band grew, and she walked away in 1982. Her longtime boyfriend and guitarist Chris Stein became ill from a rare genetic disease, and he disappeared from music for two years to recover. Debbie continued on as a solo artist and actress. As of this episode, Blondie has regrouped and are about to release their first new album in over 16 years.moreless
  • John Denver
    John Denver
    Episode 4
    Here is the story of the sensitive singer/songwriter who dominated the charts in the 1970s with his soft-rock ballads and songs about nature. Though his career dipped a bit in the '80's, John was busy performing and devoting time to flying, and environmental causes. He was attempting a musical comeback in 1997, when his life was cut short while testing an experimental aircraft. Interviewed are Geraldo Rivera, Lyle Lovett, and John's two ex-wives.moreless
  • Steppenwolf
    Episode 3
    The story of Steppenwolf, the biker band who coined the term "Heavy Metal", and gave us their hits, "Born to Be Wild" and "Magic Carpet Ride."
  • Behind The Music Remastered: Alice Cooper
    Alice Cooper embraced his fate and shocked his way to superstardom.
  • 1968
    Episode 2
    The first of the 'year' episodes, we take a look at the music of 1968 and how it fit in with some of the year's biggest social, political and cultural events. Interviews with some of the musical spokesmen for the generation provide the ammunition for the backdrop of violent youth protests, political assassinations, inner city riots,and of course, the Vietnam war. Through dramatic footage and revealing testimony, we are reminded of the sixties' most turbulent, explosive, tragic, and inspiring year.moreless
  • Madonna
    Episode 1
    Madonna, the dance-pop singer, actress and pop icon, is chronicled here. From her brash streetpunk style in the early '80's, to her calculated pop diva persona - she states "I want to conquer the world", in an early interview - to the video queen she has become, the material girl talks about knowing exactly what all her next moves would be. From a seemingly endless number of interview clips spanning her career, she discusses the price of fame, her pride in winning a Golden Globe for the 'Evita' film, and her songwriting efforts. Friends Rosie O'Donell and Harvey Weinstein are among those onhand to give their views.moreless